2023 Election Results: Craig Browne retains seat with huge majority


Craig Browne is been re-elected to represent the Alderley Edge ward on Cheshire East Council with a huge majority of 79%.

He has represented Alderley Edge at Cheshire East Council for the last eight years and became Deputy Leader of the Council in 2019.

Having won the seat as an Alderley Edge First candidate from Conservative Frank Keegan in 2015, he was re-elected 4 years ago with nearly 77% of the vote.

Alderley Edge Ward is represented by one councillor and there were three candidates standing for this position.

The results were:

  • Curran, Carl - The Conservative Party - 195 votes, 14% of vote
  • Browne, Craig Julian - Alderley Edge First - 1095 votes, 79% of vote
  • Boxer, Emma Lena Katerine - Green Party - 96 votes, 7% of vote

Turnout = 37.95%
Rejected ballots = 4

Craig have lived in Alderley Edge for 27 years, having moved here in 1996 after I graduating from the University of Manchester.

Speaking about why he had decided to stand for re-election as both a ward and parish councillor, Craig told me "I am seeking re-election because I feel there is still work to be done in Alderley Edge and because I feel that I am still able to make a difference.

"When I was first elected, I set myself a target to rebuild positive relations between this community, the Parish Council and Cheshire East Council. I think it is apparent that this has happened, with an unprecedented level of investment in local road repairs and improvements to our village park, such as a new children's play area and outdoor gym equipment. I have also overseen the building of a new medical centre for the village and redevelopment of the Festival Hall."

2023 Election


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Claire MacLeod
Friday 5th May 2023 at 3:11 pm
Big congratulations to Craig. Very well deserved in my opinion. Great to have a local, independent Ward Councillor who has the residents' best interests at heart.
Jon Williams
Friday 5th May 2023 at 6:39 pm
Turnout = 37.95%
People want things done, but can't be bothered to vote. Time for a big change in the system.
Alan Brough
Saturday 6th May 2023 at 3:59 am
Congratulations Craig - a resounding victory based on the principle of “People before Politics”
David Carey
Saturday 6th May 2023 at 4:23 am
Well done Craig an excellent result.
Roger Bagguley
Tuesday 9th May 2023 at 3:13 pm
Many congratulations Craig from Residents of Wilmslow (RoW)
Craig Browne
Thursday 11th May 2023 at 10:50 am
Dear all,

Firstly, can I say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for me. To receive 79% of the vote was a truly humbling experience and I am looking forward to serving Alderley Edge once again for the next four years. I can also now confirm that the members of the Independent Group have once again elected me as their Group Leader.

No political group won a majority at this election and therefore Cheshire East Council remains in a position of "No Overall Control". I would like to reassure everyone that as Leader of the Independent Group, I am engaged in discussions with both the Conservative Group & Labour Group Leaders, with a view to forming a joint administration.

I would expect to be able to give an update on these discussions over the coming days.

Best wishes,